Monday, July 01, 2013

New Missionaries of the Frontier

On 30 June, the Claretian Community in Japan had the joy of having Student John Xue, ordained a deacon.  Dn. John is a Chinese Claretian. It was dream-come-true for John, after long years of study in the Philippines. 

Fr. Paco tells us about the celebration in Japan:
On June 30 of 2013 in the Parish of St. Bernadette Ueno (Tokyo) student John Xue received from the hands of the Auxiliary Bishop of Tokyo, Msgr. Koda , ordination to the diaconate. The Ordination was witnessed a large group of faithful, mostly Chinese residents in Tokyo and members from the Chinese Catholic Diocese of Tokyo, who come together, precisely in this parish.
 A helping hand from Fr. Paco, the Delegate Superior 
as he assists the newly ordained with the dalmatic
the vestment worn by deacons
It was a simple celebration with commentaries given both in Chinese and Japanese during the liturgy. Among the participants, many were seen tears of emotion, since it was the first time to have such a liturgical celebration in the Catholic Center in Tokyo. 
"The gospel knows no boundaries, it is a universal invitation to men and women of every race and tribe and nation to participate in the work of building the Kingdom, and in this celebration we were able to feel particularly"
The new Claretian Deacon John Xue

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